Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Last Trip of the Summer!

My bros and me, hamming it up. Jared, on the left, took all the photos at the temple with his super nice Nikon. I love having a photographer in the family.
Photo of all the girls in the family. Hannah, in the middle w/ the white shirt is 8 months pregnant.
Mummy and Daddy.
Miriam and Ruby together, I thought it was an interesting shot of Ruby's "What did you say to me?!?!?!" face, and Miriam's "I am an Abercrombie Model" face.
Rachel, Hannah, and me. We go way back :)
Left to Right: Naomi, Bethany, Jared, Rachel, Miriam, Gideon, me, Isaac and Hannah. There was not one moment of silence the entire weekend.
My dad phoned me the night before we were to leave for Sacramento. He changed plans and he decided it would be best to stay together and spend the weekend as a family, and not driving down to Yosemite in separate cars and some hiking and some people not, but to stay in Sacramento all together. I was disappointed that I couldn't go to Yosemite, but also relieved that it would be a more relaxed trip. We stayed the first night in a hotel, went through the temple the next day, stayed the next two nights at the Sacramento KOA (which is a comfy little city campground). It was funny when we went to church on Sunday up in the hills of Folsom next to the temple and then went back to our cars that we were basically living out of... we were out of place there but it felt good to be a Medley again.
A Medley vacation is a sweet experience, including but not limited to: always camping, granola bars for breakfast and lunch, either hiking or walking longer distances than one is accustomed to, a continuous and uncontrollable stream of laughter, no showering, lots of weird words and noises coming from my brothers, games late at night, singing harmony, scripture discussions, blissful and constant hyperactivity, and lots of bathroom humor (to my parent's chagrin).
So, basically, it was lots of driving, lots of love, lots of junk food, and TOTALLY worth it.
My family really is, no less than, THE BEST.


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Lindsey said...

I love all of the pictures. Looks you are all having so much fun together.I love carefree family fun too.

Elizabeth said...

Your family is so beautiful....Your parents must be so proud. I love being able to see what you're up to :)

Heidi said...

This is totally unrelated to your post... I saw you comment on my blog. I don't know the Allreds, do you by any chance know what part of Reno they are in? We don't know very many people since we just moved here, but I was just wondering.

Kelly said...

Great pictures! I kept checking your blog this week to see pictures of Yosemite. I can understand why your dad changed his mind. I still can't believe how many kids are in your family! I didn't even recognize Rachael. She looks really cute, what is she up to these days? You have a wonderful family and you are all so talented. I'm glad you had a great time.

maren out my laundry said...

Very cute pictures, you girls look soooo much alike, especially your preggo sister, I kept thinking it for a sec it was cute. Glad you guys had such a great time!